FEEL THE PULSE
By LEONIE BRANN
A NEW heart for the Tweed Heads CBD will be created with the revamp of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour, according to planners of the $13 million project.
The plans that will be launched today, will turn the under-utilised foreshore area into a vibrant public space.
Tweed Heads Masterplan project manager Magdy Youseff said it would be like nothing else seen on the Gold Coast.
"(The plan) will enhance the natural beauty of the setting and will help set the Tweed Heads CBD from other areas of the Gold Coast," Mr Youseff said.
"With the use of the open space, the enhanced access for pedestrians and extensive parklands that are included in the plan, Jack Evans Boat Harbour will take its place as the jewel in the CBD's crown."
Mr Youseff said the plan for the boat harbour would bring together the social and cultural needs of Tweed residents, and provide a link between the public space and the revitalised commercial and residential centre of the CBD.
"It will be a showpiece for the CBD," he said.
The details of the plan are the result of extensive community consultation before the publication of the masterplan that is slowly seeing the once forgotten CBD area become a real drawcard for million-dollar developments and new businesses.
Ideas that have come from the community since the approval of the masterplan by Tweed Shire Council in October 2004, have also been incorporated into the draft plan that goes on public display from today.
Council's masterplan project officer Georgina Wright said she had the foreshore development at Cairns in mind when bringing together all the elements listed in the masterplan, for the boat harbour redevelopment.
"The plan tries to balance the need for pedestrian areas, open green space, and making the area more user-friendly for people, as well as being a space for public art," Ms Wright said.
"There is also space within the design for markets, entertainment and festivals."
Ms Wright said the Indigenous and artistic communities have had a lot of involvement in the planning, with a unique Indigenous garden and community space planned for the former Border Caravan Park site.
The community will again get to input into the final design of the boat harbour revitalisation.
Following today's launch the plans will be placed on display at Tweed Centro Shopping Centre until May 8, then at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre until May 15. The draft plans will also be available on council's website from next week.
"There will be more detailed designs following the schematic plan being placed on display," Ms Wright said.
"I will also be putting out a feedback form to go with the display."
The community is invited to attend the launch of the plan at the old caravan park site at 11am today.